Jonathan Sacks – Love is Not Enough

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Jonathan Sacks: Judaism is supremely a religion of love: three loves. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” And “You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in a strange land.”[1]


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Not only is Judaism a religion of love. It was the first civilisation to place love at the centre of the moral life. C. S. Lewis and others pointed out that all great civilisations contain something like the golden rule: Act toward others as you would wish them to act toward you,[2] or in Hillel’s negative formulation: Don’t do to others what you would hate them to do to you.[3] This is what games theorists call reciprocal altruism or Tit-for-tat. Some form of this (especially the variant devised by Martin Nowak of Harvard called “generous”) has been proven by computer simulation to be the best strategy for the survival of any group.[4]

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Steve Kramer – THE ISRAEL NATIONALITY LAW

Steve Kramer - THE ISRAEL NATIONALITY LAW   Israel’s cabinet is embroiled over the proposed nationality bill that would raise the Jewish, democratic ethos, mentioned in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, into a Basic Law, which is Israel’s version of a constitution. Not only are many Israelis, and especially Arabs, fearful that their status will be downgraded, others are afraid that Judaism will take over the state. Adding to the tension is the onslaught of criticism from international capitals.  Continue Reading »

“Jews don’t need to agree with each other, but they do need to care about each other.”

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On Sunday 9th November, Rabbi Sacks delivered a keynote plenary address to the Jewish Federations of North America’s 2014 General Assembly gathering in Washington DC. In front of over 3,000 professional and lay leaders from the Federation network, Rabbi Sacks spoke about Jewish unity and diversity noting that “Jews don’t need to agree with each other, but they do need to care about each other.”

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The Search for Israeli Cuisine – Upcoming PBS Documentary

 

The Search for Israeli Cuisine

Inside look at Israeli cuisine with interviews from some of Israel’s finest chefs.

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NGO Monitor – Adalah´s Misleading Charges of Racism

ngo monitor    Today, NGO Monitor released a report on the Israeli NGO Adalah and its misleading database that mischaracterizes Israeli laws as “racist.” The report, “Imagining Racism to Demonize Israel,” highlights the exploitative charges in Adalah’s “Discriminatory Laws in Israel” database. According to NGO Monitor’s analysis, Adalah brands all Jewish aspects of Israel as racist, ignores laws that specifically protect ethnic minorities, misquotes laws, and deceptively includes fringe proposals that never became law.

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Jack Cohen – Another extension on Iran

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Can you ever remember a time when the West was not negotiating with Iran to prevent their development of a nuclear weapon?

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